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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs Radeon R9 290

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti comes with a GPU clock speed of 1500 MHz, and the 6144 MB of GDDR6 RAM runs at 12000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 290, which comes with GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1250 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2560 Stream Processors, 160 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 120 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 180 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 290 is 9% faster than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 294912 MB/sec
Difference: 25088 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a small bit (approximately 13%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 144000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16000 (13%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 72000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 20800 (41%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

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Radeon R9 290

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Radeon R9 290
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2019 November 2013
Code Name TU116-400-A1 Hawaii PRO
Memory 6144 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1500 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 12000 GB/s 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 294912 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144000 Mtexels/sec 128000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72000 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 2560
Texture Mapping Units 96 160
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 28 nm
Transistors 6600 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 290

Amazon.com

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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